Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement regarding the full repeal of the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule late last week:
“This is a great victory for the people of Missouri. My office took on the federal government to protect working families in our state from soaring energy costs, and we won. We sued the government to stop this regulation, and late last week Congress and President Trump responded by repealing it. I commend them," Hawley said. "This regulation, enacted during the final days of the Obama Administration, would have raised energy costs for all Missourians. That's why we went to court to block it. Now the regulation has been defeated."
The rule would have prohibited surface mining within 100 feet of streams, sharply limiting coal production and driving up costs. Four-fifths of Missouri's energy comes from coal. At Hawley’s direction, on January 19, 2017, Missouri joined twelve (12) other states in suing the federal government, arguing the rule exceeded statutory authority and violated states’ rights under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. In conjunction with suit, Hawley and other Attorneys General urged Congress to repeal the rule. Congress responded late last week and disapproved the regulation. President Trump signed the repeal on Thursday.